You make a whole list of things you want to do that day. You wake up early in the morning, you have a big breakfast and you are full of energy to start doing the things on your list.
But then it suddenly strikes you. You look at the clock and you realize it’s already 5 PM and you didn’t do anything on your list.
Where did your time go? What did you do all this time?
You think back and you can’t even remember the things you did.
Does this sound familiar to you? It does to me. It happened to me a lot of times.
I realized that I was wasting my time on things that are unimportant. The consequence of this was that I felt extremely lethargic, overwhelmed and unproductive. It was draining my energy levels without me even noticing it.
Wouldn’t it be great to check everything on your list at the end of the day? Not only does this give you an amazing feeling of accomplishment but will also make you feel full of energy.
To help you be more productive, I will share my 5 biggest time wasters with you. During the years I have learned to recognize them and almost get rid of them. Of course sometimes I still catch myself wasting time and that’s okay, I’m not perfect. The trick is to spot them in an early stage before they make you feel overwhelmed and unproductive.
Don’t forget to share your biggest time waster with me by leaving a comment down below.
Here is my top 5 of biggest time wasters.
1. Watching TV
I used to watch a lot of TV. I would come home from work, put on the TV and start watching it until 11 o’clock in the evening. This made me feel very unproductive, because a lot of times I had things I wanted to do.
I decided to stop watching TV. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I suddenly had seas of time for the things that I was passionate about. I joined a social club, I went fishing and I took a gym membership.
This made me feel full of energy and very productive!
It made me realize that watching TV can be a big time waster and it can make you feel lethargic and unproductive. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch TV sometimes. I can really enjoy a good movie or a good documentary. The difference is that this is now an occasional thing, not an everyday thing.
Do you watch a lot of TV? If the answer is yes, then you should seriously consider watching less TV (unless it’s your big passion). You will start to notice a serious increase of your energy levels and you will feel less overwhelmed and more productive.
2. Spending time on social media
We live in a time where everybody uses Facebook, Twitter or some of the other gazillion social media platforms.
Just watch people in a train or a bus. What are most of them doing? Yes, that’s right, they are on their phones “connecting” with their friends on social media.
Social media can eat up a lot of your time. I notice it myself as well. Every time I pick up my phone I get the urge to check my Facebook or Twitter.
In my personal opinion, social media gets too much in the way of really connecting with others. Instead of talking with friends or family, people often spend time on their phones connecting with “others”.
Just have a look around next time you take a bus, train or go out for dinner. Ask yourself the question: “how many people are using their phones instead of physically interacting with others”. You will be surprised.
So stop spending time on social media before it consumes you. Start interacting with your real physical environment again. You will feel more “connected”, energetic and productive.
Worrying can eat away your time. People worry about a lot of things. To be honest, I used to worry a lot about the future.
I used to;
- Worry about losing my job (I had a big mortgage)
- Worry about what other people would think of me
- Worry about having not enough money
- Worry about my health
At a certain point I realized that a lot of these things don’t come true. In fact, 85% of the things you worry about don’t come true. I was wasting my time worrying about things. Worrying makes you very unproductive, because it stops you from taking action. You dwell on your thoughts and make up worst case scenario’s. But the best thing to do is take action and take control over the things you are worrying about.
So stop worrying because it will eat away your time. Try to figure out if your worry is realistic and if you actually have control over it. If not, then you have to try and let go of these worries. They will drain your energy and make you feel unproductive.
Sometimes you have to do something that you don’t really want to do.
This is where procrastinating comes in. Instead of doing these things and getting them over with, for example a tax return, you postpone it by doing other random stuff.
Procrastinating is a bad habit. You will waste your time doing things that are not important and at the end of the day you still wouldn’t have done your tax return. This will make you feel unproductive and your energy levels will drop.
The best thing to do is: Just get it over with! Be proactive and do it immediately! It will make you feel good and you can focus on other things.
5. Doing too many things at a time
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed when you want to do a lot of things at a time.
I made this mistake when I started this blog. Whenever I decided that is was blog time, I made a whole list of things that I wanted to do. The problem was that I didn’t have enough time to do all these things.
This made me feel really overwhelmed and I couldn’t focus. I decided to make a list with a maximum of three things on it. This helped me so much. I could focus on one thing at a time, because there weren’t too many things on the list. Now I find that I usually have enough time to finish everything on my lists.
It is very fulfilling to cross off everything on your list.
Stop wasting time today
There is a big change that you recognize these 5 time wasters. I challenge you to pay close attention to them and be aware of how much of your time they “eat away”. You will be surprised!
If you stop doing these 5 things you won’t feel overwhelmed and unproductive. Not doing these things will really contribute to a feeling of fulfillment and happiness.
What do you waste time on? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.
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